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Jaguars want to spice up coach search? Here’s a name…Rex Ryan

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As they go through the motions for the final two weekends in Jacksonville to finish out yet another disappointing season, there is speculation about just who would even entertain coming into the 5-6 year “train wreck” that the Jags have been.

We at F.F.I. know there is the easy “Just re-hire Coughlin” narrative that has been out there the whole second half of the season. And obviously, he has a warm place in hardcore Jags fan’s heart for leading them to great success in the 90’s and early 2000’s. He also has two Lombardi trophies in the case from his Giants days.

But let’s get real, the Jags are two years away from being back into respectability, and that’s if, IF, they hire the right guy this time. Is that right guy a 70 year old militaristic “old school” type of coach? Or while trying to figure it out, would you rather have other more entertaining proven options.

Sure the Jags could go the “coordinator who’s never been a head coach” route, again. And, that didn’t work in the least with Gus Bradley.

Could they lure a big time college coach who’s previously been in the NFL to come clean it up? Not really. Harbaugh? Mora Jr.? Not happening. 

So, what about a name that would definitely raise eyebrows. A name who has been in the playoffs (including the AFC Championship Game twice in the last 10 years) with the Jets. A name that after being fired in the Big Apple has now turned the Bills into a respectable product. They were 8-8 a year ago and eliminated Ryan’s old Jets team from playoff hopes with a win in week 17 last year.

The name is…..Rex Ryan.

It looks as though the new owners in Buffalo want to rid themselves of Ryan and his theatrics off the field and hire their own guy. This would make him available, again and there would be other suitors.

But here’s where Jacksonville makes a lot of sense:

Ryan and his twin brother Rob are descendants of Buddy Ryan’s physical defenses of the 80’s and 90’s and he’s had repeated success with that as a coordinator and now head coach. And, there is no disputing that with guys like Dante Fowler, Myles Jack, Jalen Ramsey, etc. there is a lot of young undeveloped talent ready to be coached up.

Bottom line, his Raven, Jet and now Bills D’s want to play for him. That’s a good thing.

Also, Jacksonville, like Buffalo, is small market with little in the way of confrontational media and Rex would be a media darling on arrival, anyway. Perfect for him.

There is also talent on offense, although the QB position has to be addressed and fixed. Obviously, his offensive coordinator hire would be key, as well, as bringing in a dynamic QB either from college or free agency/trade. (Romo anyone?)

Will the Bills pull the trigger? Would “Sexy Rexy” want the job in the first place?

No one knows for sure, but if he is interested, and you are Shad Khan, you would definitely be putting jalepenos on your vanilla ice cream with a “proven fixer upper in the short term,” Rex Ryan and energize the fan base.

You have to at least try.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Andre

    December 21, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Sounds good to me

  2. Matt

    December 21, 2016 at 10:52 am

    I’m going to assume this article is a joke. I’m a Bills fan first, Jags fan second. I’ve watched every single regular season game Rex Ryan has coached for the Bills. He’s made them worse. They were the 4th ranked defense in 2014. This year, despite retaining almost all the same players and adding more talented players in the draft they are ranked 16th. They’ve allowed two hundred yard rushers twice this year. The man is a joke. If the Bills drop him and the Jags pick him, they’d be hiring a coach that has been fired TWICE in the past two years. He would install a completely different system then the Jags currently run (so the defense would go down hill for a year before leveling off in mediocrity), and he has no idea what’s going on the other side of the ball. He’s the worst guy in the NFL to trust to develop a quarterback.

    Rex goes to Jacksonville and I’m done with the Jags.

  3. Captain hindsight

    December 21, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    No

  4. John Paul Ringo George

    December 22, 2016 at 3:15 am

    “It looks as though the new owners in Buffalo want to rid themselves of Ryan and his theatrics off the field and hire their own guy.”

    The new owners, the Pegulas, hired Rex – so he is ‘their own guy’

  5. Joe

    December 22, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Whom ever wrote this kill your got damn self.

    • Steve

      December 23, 2016 at 10:55 am

      I second Joe’e comment. But before yourself you should kill your mother as well for giving birth to such a retarded child

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